Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum
Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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minnesotavacationers
Lakefield, MN42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We visited this iron ore mine due to my teenage son that loves this history. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, and had actually worked at the mine before it closed. There is a fee for the tour, but worth it and would be great for a rainy day activity for sure!
Written 3 August 2023
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GeetaB
Green Bay, WI108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We are a couple in our 50s, and very much enjoyed the tour! Our tour guide was a previous miner, who was full of information. Learned a lot, and enjoyed walking through the mine tunnel. my husband does not enjoy museums, but likes understanding how things work. Would recommend it!
Written 25 July 2023
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Bruce F
Logansport, IN81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
The Museum was an excellent place to learn about the mining in the area. The guide, Mike was excellent in his presentation. Lots of knowledge here with the people that work for the Museum.
Written 14 June 2023
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circletourjean
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Our guide, Gary, was happy to share everything he knew about the mine and the history. We enjoyed the tour and learned a lot about iron ore mining history in the U.P. HIghly recommend visiting if you're in the area and have the time.
Written 16 August 2022
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AWWTG
Fort Collins, CO320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
Very interesting tour with Mike about iron mining in the Ishpeming and surrounding areas of the UP. We learned a lot. I would recommend if you are in the area.
Written 13 June 2022
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Charlotte W
Evanston, IL2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
Worth a special trip! Gary, our tour guide, was a miner for 30 years. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. My young son loved seeing the mine and the mining truck and I enjoyed learning all about mining in the UP.
Written 3 August 2021
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Kathleen P
38 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Not open on a Saturday. Sign out front that says its closed. Called and you can leave voice message, but no one calls back. Disappointing.
Written 8 August 2020
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John W
Riverview, MI4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Excellent tour by retired miner Gary. Super nice guy, great sense of humor and great stories. Bought a fire poker from the blacksmith one day before the mine's 100th anniversary so he had to make a new one for the next day! Great information and history
Written 19 September 2019
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Tyaskin
Mebane, NC360 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This is one of the best museums I have visited, bar none. The enthusiasm of the gentlemen there for the history of the iron mining heritage of the area was immediately obvious, and the gentleman who led our small tour group was an ex-miner himself, and was clearly proud of the site and eager to share his knowledge with us. The tour takes 45-60 minutes, and add another 30-45 if you do a thorough job of looking at the displays and the grounds. I'd have spent longer there, but it was raining and I was headed back to NC. If you have any interest at all in mining history, and what it was like for the men who worked underground, go here. It's informative and I'd bet even teens and kids would like it.
My only complaint, and it's not aimed at the museum, is that apparently the state and town do not think it worthwhile to put up a sign on Rt. 26 running through town directing travelers to the site. I just happened on it in a local guidebook about the U. P., but a sign on the main road thru the region would bring in a lot more visitors. (They have them for everything else imaginable)
The men who worked here, Welsh, Cornish, Finns, Blacks, Italians and others all created a diverse community here on the Upper Peninsula, and it's well worth taking the time to visit and find out about the hard times they faced to help build the industries that grew the United States.
So next time you travel along 26 thru the UP, when you get to Ishpeming, keep a look out to the south for the tall headframes that cover the old shafts, and take a short detour to visit this excellent repository of history on Michigan's mining heritage. And as always, Happy Motoring!
Written 13 September 2019
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Laurenhartsyou
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
We are from out of town but love stones and crystals so we were super excited to see this place pop up on our “must see list”! Upon entry the place seems super old (which I love and think adds character). The man at the front desk (David) got us squeezed in with the last tour before us so we didn’t have to wait another hour! He was so knowledgeable on all the stones and rocks and super helpful! David the ultimate rock seller! Once we joined the group, our tour guide Gary, was nothing short of excellent. He himself was miner and had amazing stories to share. Being that he had done the job himself, he had no problem answering any questions any of us had. On top of that, he was so funny and personable. We ended up staying an extra half hour after the tour just to chat and exchange stories and laughs. He gave me one of his favorite rocks he always keeps in his pocket. For those who don’t know me- THIS IS HUGE AND IM A GIANT ROCK COLLECTOR! So for someone to give me something so simple, yet important to him was so touching. We will definitely be back to visit just for the staff alone. The mines and everything are almost as beautiful as the people who run this place!
Written 29 August 2019
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CLIFFS SHAFT MINE MUSEUM: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum is open:
  • Tue - Tue 17:00 - 20:00
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00



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